Montagu is a charming, historic village nestled between two mountain ranges, halfway between Cape Town and the Garden Route, and lies in the heart of the legendary Route 62. With crystal clear air, beautiful mountains, a superb climate and plenty to do, it is the ideal breakaway spot from city living. Summer is warm and dry with carefree days and plenty of fruit to eat. Autumn brings a kaleidoscope of stunning colours and in winter the days are mild and sunny with the occasional rainfall.
Outdoor and adventure
The “Mountain Mecca” of the Western Cape offers various activities – some of the best rock-climbing in the world, mountain biking, 4×4-ing, hiking, kloofing and gravity biking to name a few.
The Montagu Tractor Trips to the summit of the Langeberg Mountains is a must, with spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and the optional potjie lunch afterwards is a culinary delight. Phone Montagu Tourism Bureau on +27 23 614 2471 to make a booking.
The famous hot springs, close to Rainbow Glen, are perfect for relaxing and there are also numerous sporting activities on offer in the area (such as fishing, golfing, tennis, bowls, squash and pistol shooting) as well as the Big Five – situated a mere 42km out of town.
Art, wine and history
The many award-winning wines from Montagu are well known throughout the world for their sugary sweetness and balmy bouquet. There is a wonderful arts and crafts route which winds through Montagu, showcasing the talents of the town residents. There are many historical monuments on Long Street and wide range of architecture with speaks much of Montagu’s rich history.
Day trips into the areas surrounding Montagu can be enjoyed and this shows the diverse plant growth which is indigenous to the Klein Karoo.
The heart of Route 62
Route 62 is the tourist route that meanders between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, the Garden Route and Port Elizabeth, offering the shorter, scenic alternative to the N2 highway. The 5 towns of Montagu, McGregor, Ashton, Robertson and Bonnievale make up The Heart of Route 62.
It is an area of magnificent landscapes and towering cliffs, crystal clear streams and an abundance of fauna and flora. The everchanging colours of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards makes this route an unforgettable adventure.